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by Mark.W.Carson
June 18th, 2012, 1:22 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - JUNE
Replies: 115
Views: 14624

Re: The Coffee Shop - JUNE

If you are certain you lost a copy of it somewhere, try doing a search on your computer, or install recuva (a data recovery product that is free). It can find deleted files.
by Mark.W.Carson
June 16th, 2012, 8:49 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - JUNE
Replies: 115
Views: 14624

Re: The Coffee Shop - JUNE

I wish I could write more often (though given the opportunity, I tend to waste time). I have a full time job that takes a significant amount of my attention, as well as a family. I get to work on my project a couple of nights a week. I guess I just figured out a way to make that happen. The funny pa...
by Mark.W.Carson
June 16th, 2012, 12:40 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - JUNE
Replies: 115
Views: 14624

Re: The Coffee Shop - JUNE

Well, I think I have lasted the entire week about two times in a year, and that was when the project had significantly more holes in it than it does now. Originally, I had a high level concept and not much else, and now I have pretty much everything except a few character traits for ancillary charac...
by Mark.W.Carson
June 16th, 2012, 12:02 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - JUNE
Replies: 115
Views: 14624

Re: The Coffee Shop - JUNE

Char, Forcing writing is never good. Allow yourself a break. Your mind is clearly telling you it needs to reconcile things about the WIP. Every time I have forced things, I have had massive rewrites and problems. Then, I'd say "I'm taking a week off on this." Within a few days, I'd be screaming back...
by Mark.W.Carson
June 14th, 2012, 2:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - JUNE
Replies: 115
Views: 14624

Re: The Coffee Shop - JUNE

For me, if the issue is not a word choice here or there, or can be fixed by changing a few sentences, I will redo the chapter, as my chapters are usually one to three scenes, and no more, with a continuous flow to keep them together. That means my chapters are seldom over 9 pages. During an edit ses...
by Mark.W.Carson
June 14th, 2012, 10:45 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Weird Writing Habits
Replies: 31
Views: 5809

Re: Weird Writing Habits

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by Mark.W.Carson
June 14th, 2012, 9:27 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Weird Writing Habits
Replies: 31
Views: 5809

Re: Weird Writing Habits

I write best after a good lunch. Which sucks, because I can only do that on days I am home. I can seriously bang out like 2 or 3, sometimes more, good base chapters that way. They still need polish, but they are drafts, so whatever. Occasionally, if I manage an evening when I am not too tired, or di...
by Mark.W.Carson
June 13th, 2012, 10:21 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Description Tips and Tricks
Replies: 14
Views: 2182

Re: Description Tips and Tricks

I agree, Brenda, I like to have my descriptions come as tiny drops of information, but then get set up by dialogue. For me, if you can show it, great, if you can have your characters say it, even better. If you drop your description in blobs, they are info dumps. If you show, then you have the added...
by Mark.W.Carson
June 13th, 2012, 4:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Description Tips and Tricks
Replies: 14
Views: 2182

Re: Description Tips and Tricks

I had a REALLY hard time doing it at first. I used to lie to myself and say "The reader will adjust and make something up" but my wife is a proof reader of some of my stuff, and she is notoriously bad at coming up with her own descriptions to fill in blanks. I watched some of the stuff by Brandon Sa...
by Mark.W.Carson
June 12th, 2012, 3:10 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - JUNE
Replies: 115
Views: 14624

Re: The Coffee Shop - JUNE

A lot of the rewrites are the result of having no direction and not understanding what the undertaking was about. I have since done a tremendous amount of research, and gotten better aligned with the craft aspect of writing, vs simply coming up with the "killer concept" approach. Originally I had a ...
by Mark.W.Carson
June 12th, 2012, 2:39 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - JUNE
Replies: 115
Views: 14624

Re: The Coffee Shop - JUNE

Any of you on your 11th or 12th rewrite without finishing the thing yet? It's weird. I really have to push to get myself motivated, but when I am there, I can bang out a chapter in a sitting (anywhere from 3-12 pages). Sometimes, I can shift through 3 or 4 of them in a day. Unfortunately, I have to ...
by Mark.W.Carson
June 11th, 2012, 2:31 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you know if your writing is any good?
Replies: 24
Views: 4494

Re: How do you know if your writing is any good?

I'll chime in here. I do believe you have to value your work. After all, you are the one who toils at the writing pad, laptop, keyboard, typewriter, etc. If you don't like it, I suggest you don't do it. However, that being said, if you reach a point where someone, or perhaps several someones have co...
by Mark.W.Carson
June 7th, 2012, 6:58 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When to edit yourself?
Replies: 7
Views: 1008

Re: When to edit yourself?

Here's some more advice: Keep a file for your characters. Who they are, what they are like, their back story, etc. Anybody more important than the mailman (unless he's also an assassin sent to kill your MC and is involved in a 30 page chase through the streets of South Hampton) should have an entry....
by Mark.W.Carson
June 7th, 2012, 3:02 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When to edit yourself?
Replies: 7
Views: 1008

Re: When to edit yourself?

My rule is "Will it break your story if you don't do this now?" then go and edit it, so long as you believe you are going to finish. However, I have not yet finished, and I have revised my story 11 previous times, and I can see about 2 more (I'm on my twelfth). A lot of this is about being new, and ...
by Mark.W.Carson
June 7th, 2012, 2:02 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: YA Supernatural Query
Replies: 16
Views: 2382

Re: YA Supernatural Query

Thanks, Tcrowley. I do plan on adding the doctor. He plays enough of a role that I think the omission might put off an agent more than the issue of suicide, because it might come off as a bait and switch. Now to finish the derned thing. My biggest concern now is how to make the character stop appear...